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While the very hapless existence of the populace is exacerbated, and
Continues to be enormously plagued by the consequences of inept
Governance, which the longsuffering citizens of an otherwise blessed country,
In this century confront and without remission endure, amid the overwrought plight
Of the absence of constant electricity and illusive dribble of portable water
Alongside with the demise of salaries for the long-forsaken government workers,
Necessities, most ordinary, for simple human existence within the shores of a “Giant”,
Compounded now, by the foreboding and alarming escalation of the cost of food
Resulting in the intensified pestilence of hunger insidiously ravaging the erstwhile
Promising fabric of a society, seemingly a distant memory, of a forgotten mirage.
And as the beleaguered hope of competent and available healthcare for all
Unfortunately eludes the weary grasp of most of the distressed citizenry…
Then in intemperate, ever conspicuous and excruciatingly painful irony
The chief executive of the nation, a public servant, sworn to serve, not only
Takes inopportune refuge from all that is ailing the country in a foreign land,
No less, than the former colonial power, from which the inalienable right for
Independent government was wrestled from decades ago, to seek treatment
For a simple malady, while his citizens are relegated to the gamble of imposed fate.
Thus, by the very blatant official acquiescence, it signifies in obvious measure his
Unreserved lack of confidence in the regime over which he presides, and confirms in
Tragic and regrettable dimension, the vacuous hope, residing within the bemoaned land.
Forsooth, which Nigerian citizen has the ability to deploy the national treasury,
The property of the people, for their personal use, to travel at full expense of the
Demoralized masses, in fleets of jets and with the ubiquitous “per-diem” entourage,
While the burdensome cloak of lamentation detrimentally covers his forlorn people,
Even to the point of an early shroud and untimely grave, due to the atrocious lack of
Access to life-saving and sadly often the most rudimentary of medical care. As the
People languish under the onerous and looming fear of such grievous impediment
And the laboured wails of the public crescendo in desperation, accountability in the utmost,
Is demanded from the highest office with a real commitment to stay within the land towards
Faithfully implementing the remedy for what assails the domain, as glaring example, for
Any that assumes office in the true service of the well-being of the Nigerian people.
By Dr. Yemisi Solanke Koya, Esq. ©
Martin Luther King Day…
Causes the world to pause, albeit it
For a moment, to recall the sordid horror of
The atrocities that were unconscionably and
Violently perpetuated against a segment
Of humanity, just because they were endowed
With a darker hue by the Creator of the entire universe.
Further, the observance of the day, yet brings to mind
Those other fallen heroes, along the arduous cause towards
Justice and dignity for all, and their individual and
Collective sacrifice on the blood-stained altar for equality.
Alas, the unvarnished realization is that the quest, still incomplete,
Must again, be fiercely populated with sustained courage
To confront the disdainful scourge of discrimination
Wherever it seeks refuge or finds habitation, to expose it
For unequivocal condemnation and ultimate eradication.
Therefore, arise citizens of the world and in diligent measure
Commit to and embrace the legacy and essence of the holiday.
Recently, I was fortunate to read “The Canonisation Of Terror” by Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate. Subsequently, on Moji Delano’s blog, I read a response by Mr. Sadiq Abacha and the scathing commentary to the response by Mr. Ayo Sogunro.
And therefore …
Confuting The Temerity Of Infamy
Certain events, do necessitate the embracing of moral indignation
To unequivocally oppose and render in decisive refutation, rebuttal
In negation of attempts to present canards and contort historical accounts
Which now, ensuing from the inevitable confluence of the underlying
Antecedents, to the candid virtue of the phenomenal communiqué
Written by the literary colossus, commendably declining an award,
Cast irreverently in commensurable measure to the callously blatant
Odyssey of trepidation under the cruel and despotic reign of a general,
With the internationally acclaimed and distinguished Master of the pen,
Causing a son to piously whitewash deplorable and irrefutable facts.
Miserable is the agenda designed to obliterate from unforgotten memory
The utterly mordant and orchestrated degradation of human existence
Conjoined brazenly with the trampling of dignity to diminutive smithereens.
Where all description of travesty ran rampant in disjointed governance
And civil rights, lay mortified and shackled without succour’s promise, to the
Odious foot of vengeful oppression, when disdainful terror ruled supreme
With its cohorts of state mandated unspeakable hangings and assassinations,
Injected with the putrescent despoliation of the repugnant autocracy,
Causing the pride of resiliency to seek retreat within the mirage of valour
While hope’s essence quivered amid the stranglehold of the abysmal vile.
Should filial retort decide to duel in words with the legendary patriot,
An estimable author, who with inexorable invigorating zeal inspires
Scholarship through the preeminent lectern of intellectual tutelage,
Whose realm of the superlative in dexterous prose, elegantly instructs
And elevated the nation beyond its geographic confines and shores.
Thence, the indefensible portrayal of the tyrannical from the audacity
Of a dictator’s kin must be adeptly sculpted in conformity with precise
Grammatical cohesion without the illogicality of self-directed ironical
Drivel, riddled with the banality of obvious erratum and unveiled jargon
In contemptuous venture to reconstruct the chronicles of the despicable.
Alas, deviously spins the connivance of the web of the tepid pejorative,
In confabulation, distastefully adorned with the paucity of verbiage
Through vacuous equation, of the valiant pinnacle of literary erudition,
To the feigned commonality of peasantry, which pitifully illuminates,
The apparent nescience concerning the impact of laudable accomplishment
And failure to assimilate the magnitude of the stature of the Nobel Laureate,
Towards the immeasurable legacy of the enlightenment of discerning minds,
Is hideously evocative, of the ignominious tempest of the nefarious syndicate
Wherein the nurturing of advancement was bound shamelessly as hostage
In the dark and suffocating dungeons of the vandalism of absolute power.
Forsooth, woven narrative must never eradicate the plurality of atrocities
That dreadfully exacerbated the malicious persecution under the regime.
Repudiation must arise ramrod to beckon yet painful reminiscence,
Wretchedly and so forcefully etched indifferently into the societal memoirs
Whereby, liberty crouched vanquished under subjugation’s polished boots
And fear wantonly roamed unbridled, cloaked in garments of abuse, while
Incendiary devices, on land and in air, with other apparatus of the putrid
Perpetuated the malevolence of monstrous brutality interspersed deeply in
The quagmire, notorious for its horrendous propensity for retribution, that
Lacerated souls wept, and made incessant supplication for divine relief.
Indeed, a nation must vociferously disavow the recidivism of infamy
With bold solidarity, join in outright and unvarnished condemnation
Of the villainous repression that stood, mangled with abject hopelessness,
In concerted effort to eviscerate forever the demoralized core of optimism.
Lest, personification of the scourge in jest don prestigious camouflage
Within the habitation of honour and the aspiration of expectant progress
And parade unchallenged to the continued disillusionment of the weary.
Thus, the country’s annals must in proper measure, apportion to disrepute
The stigma of untainted reproach, to safeguard vigilance in ardently averting
For the ages, the unpalatable resurgence of the fury of unmitigated decadence.
That all hope, not lie mortally incapacitated on the battlefield of conscience
Where in its stead, in the aftermath of the unconscionable, the reviled
Assume but again, the pedestal of depravity, as such, let us endeavour to recall
With vivid clarity, that which relentlessly haunts our national recollection,
And faithfully commit to notify the present and generations yet to come.
Dated this 9th day of March, 2014
Dr. ‘Yemisi Solanke Koya, Esq. ©